Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication @ LaStatale
The area of Language and cultural mediation has a strong international vocation dedicated to the training of language experts highly skilled in cultural questions and in the fields of history/geography, sociology/anthropology, economics and law.
The languages envisaged range from English, French, Spanish and German to Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Hindi, as well as Italian as a foreign language.
The programmes are strongly integrated and versatile.
The three-year degree programme in Language and cultural mediation provides access to the Masters programme in Languages and culture for communication and international cooperation and to other specialist degrees of international standing.
The two programmes qualify students for professions in international cooperation organisations such as the EU, UN, FAO, UNESCO, as well as municipal councils, schools, hospitals, prefectures, and in the sectors of tourism, services, translations, business and international relations.
The School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication offers curricula dedicated to qualifying professional figures from other countries in the Italian language and culture or those wishing to operate in Italy in multicultural contexts. It provides solid transnational cultural training for contemporary society and the working world.
History of the School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication
The School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication has its own centre at Sesto San Giovanni in a modern building with large lecture rooms and equipment, including a main lecture hall with 400 seats, three lecture halls with 200 seats, study rooms, a library, a media room, a language laboratory with 30 workstations, three halls with IT equipment and a computer lab with 48 workstations.
Next to the Department of Studies in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication at Sesto there is also:
- University Distance Learning Centre (CTU)
- Master in journalism and “Walter Tobagi” School of Journalism
- Confucius Institute of the University of Milan
- Russkij Mir and the Puškin Centre
- Research centres:
The centre at Sesto San Giovanni is served by Line 1 of the Milan metropolitan train system (city fare).
The programmes of the School of Mediation are frequented by many students from other regions of Italy or linked to other cultures of origin (China, South America, North Africa, Somalia, Eritrea, Middle East and eastern European countries, among others) and in general by a large number of students from abroad - 15% for the three-year programme and 10% for the Masters. The curriculum for language mediators is particularly aimed at these students.
The School coordinates two highly innovative programmes: the Bachelor's degree programme in Language and Cultural Mediation and the Master's degree programme in Languages and Culture for Communication and International Cooperation. They are designed to give students in-depth knowledge of two languages and cultures (the choice is between Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Hindi, English, Russian, Spanish and German) as well as competence in the fields of economics, law and social sciences. Both programmes are designed to qualify students for professions in the sector on international cooperation (EU, UN, FAO, UNESCO), public institutions (councils, schools, hospitals, prefectures), business, public and international relations, import/export, tourism, services and specialist translations.
Both have curricula dedicated exclusively to students with foreign academic qualifications in order to train professional figures from other countries who wish to operate in a multicultural context in Italy. Thus students can improve their Italian language skills to exploit the interface between their culture of origin and that of Italy. This transnational cultural education equips them for language services in the contemporary working world and society.
Statistical data confirms the excellent results obtained by the teaching programme of the School of Mediation of the University of Milan La Statale:
- a very low percentage of discontinuation of studies, practically zero after the first year;
- a high percentage of students completing the study programme in the set time frame;
- high student approval;
- rapid placement of graduates on the labour market.
The School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication of the University of Milan La Statale offers programmes that aim to respond to the problems of advanced societies characterised by complex articulated intercultural dynamics with a strong impact on social, economic and cultural life. New integrated skills for communicating in different contexts are needed to meet this complexity.
Thus the School of Mediation focuses on cultural studies, specialist language, basic humanities (Italian culture, history, geography), economics, law, psychology, anthropology and sociology, essential in the working world of today. The innovative and highly qualifying Language and Culture of Asia programme (Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic) is the first in Milan and is backed by tradition and a dense network of relationships with institutions and firms in Italy and Asia.